Crime, Punishment and Safety

In the vast majority of FAA enforcement cases, the FAA does not have to prove or even discuss the issue of intent. A pilot who puts an incorrect answer on an FAA medical application has not committed fraud if the pilot simply did not understand the question. However, the pilot may still receive a suspension for the innocent mistake. But a suspension doesn’t compare to the consequences for falsifying a form, which start with revocation of all certificates and can end with jail time.

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